The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to report that for the first time since the inception of the Wreaths Across America program, on December 16, 2017, a Holiday Wreath was placed on every gravesite at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY. The Patriot Guard Riders, along with several thousand community volunteers respectfully placed those wreaths, but much more importantly, took the time to honor and remember over 11,000 of our fallen soldiers, sailors and airmen resting in that place of honor.

We wish to sincerely thank everyone who made that goal a reality, particularly those who contributed via the PGRNY “Three For Two” program. Through that program, fully 100% of your contribution went toward the sponsorship of wreaths, with a total of almost 3,800 wreaths (over 1/3 of the total) provided….a truly outstanding effort.

Now that the bar has been set, we look forward to achieving that goal each and every year going forward, and we are confident that with your generous help and support, we can do just that. Once again, our heartfelt thanks for honoring and remembering our fallen heroes.


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Honor Mission

Joseph A. Annello Jr.

US Army Veteran

Rensselaer, New York - 19 Jul 2017


The family of Mr. Joseph A. Annello, Jr. has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Mr. Annello, age 81, of Rensselaer passed away on Thursday July 13, 2017.

Mr. Annello served in the United States Army from September of 1957 to June of 1960. His MOS was 058.10 Morse (Code) Intercept Operator. He spent 2 years on overseas assignments and was Honorably discharged at the rank of Specialist 4th Class (T).

After his discharge, Joe was employed by the NYS Education Department for 31 years before retiring in 1991. Joe worked as a Budgeting Analyst. He was a member of the Italian American Club where he served as President for 5 terms. He joined in 1976 and is a current member. He was also a member of the West Albany Italian Benevolent Society, Albany Lodge of Elks BPOE #49, Albany Pop Warner, where he served as a vice president working under Vince Foley for over 10 years, and Whitehall Little League.

The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to be able to stand for and render dignity, honor and respect for the life and service of Mr. Joseph A. Annello Jr.


Primary Staging Time: 9:00 A.M.
Lyons Funeral Home
1700 Washington Ave.
Rensselaer, New York - 12144
Ride Captain:
Gene Jones
Special Instructions:
Staging at funeral home with flag line for the arrival of family. There will be visitation from 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM, followed by a service at 11:30. Following the service, members will escort to the cemetery for interment with military honors:

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Holy Sepulchre Road
Rensselaer, NY

Flags & Water:

Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.
Submitted by:
Ray Sestak

ROC HOTH Warehouse

The Rochester Area Warehouse can always use your gently used furniture. Presently this program is in the Rochester, NY area only with pickups within the following zip codes: 146XX; 14445; 14467; 14468; 14514; 14515; 14534; 14559; 14580; 14586.

The 2018 ROC HOTH Warehouse Saturday schedule:
March 10
April 14
May 12
June 16
July 14
August 11
September 15
October 13
November 17
December 8

The above schedule is subject to change. Please visit our Facebook page, PGRNY - HOTH for detailed information.

If you have items that meet the criteria, are located in the Rochester area, and would like us to pickup those items, please go to the Help On The Homefront - Donate Items section and fill out the Furniture Donation Pick-up Request Form or call us at 585-866-1747 leaving us a message on our answering service with the reason for your call. You are welcome to bring your donations to the ROC Warehouse by appointment only. Call to schedule your appointment for dropping off your donations today! Your donations are GREATLY appreciated and tax deductible.


PGRNY is an all volunteer 501c3 organization. Donations support our mission of honoring the fallen and Veterans and are tax deductible.

Checks payable to Patriot Guard Riders of NY may be sent to:

PO Box 12445
Rochester, NY 14612

Or you may donate by credit card or Paypal


Another way to donate is when shopping at Amazon.  Use AmazonSmile and a portion of the sale goes to PGRNY.  Thank You!

AmazonSmiles - PGRNY

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